Monday, November 10, 2014

Nine Months!

Nine months looks pretty good on Elissa.
(Growing up pictures are now updated!)

She's a feisty and smiley little girl who has a knack for charming the pants off people. She's insanely curious and has a strong independent streak. These days, she's busy standing and cruising all over the place, crawling to wherever Brayden is, and babbling away (usually saying "da-da" in typical daddy-girl fashion). Lately, she's also taken to dancing. When she's sitting in her high chair for meals, Daddy strikes up a beat and she bops along. It's pretty fracking adorable to be honest. I also love how she kicks her little legs wildly whenever she gets excited.

My very favorite thing right now is watching her and Brayden. In addition to normal playing together, Brayden has his own version of "follow the leader" with her: whatever Elissa does, whatever she says, wherever she goes -he mimics. He's freakishly good at imitating her babbles and she gets a big kick out of it when he follows her around. She has this funny little laugh that sounds like a duck. When she sees Brayden coming after her, she turns and quacks at him - which makes him quack back. And pretty soon, it's like the Mighty Ducks are here.

On the flip side of the coin, she also makes it obvious when there's something she doesn't like. Suddenly, her biggest enemies are getting her diaper changed (she thrashes around so much I've been known to give up and let her crawl around naked for a while before attempting it again) and getting her face wiped after meals (as soon as she sees the napkin coming, she practically dives out of the high chair. She's also not a fan of it when I snub her. When she gets tired or hungry, she crawls to Mommy. If I'm busy and don't notice (or worse -- if I step over her), she gets pretty ticked off and starts crying.

Other than those little things, Elissa is a pretty laid back baby. She's happy and smiley and so much fun. She steals Daddy's heart every day and - despite Brayden's occasional insistence that she not play with any of his toys - her brother is pretty smitten too. As for Mommy? Please. I was a goner long ago.

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